Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Brütal Legend in Stores Now!

GO BUY IT! Like ten copies! NOW!

IGN Review: 90!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Two Minutes to Midnight

Hey guys! So it's been about a month since we've really shown you any progress on the bus. What can I say? It's been a busy month. We've raced it and did pretty well, but for now let's go back to where we left off and show how we completed the body.

Our back wheels are bare and need a home. Luke begins marking his foam core to make a skeleton for the fender molds.

The fender has too look good, so he smooths out the curves on fender ribs.

Luke makes small cuts for the ribs to slide into.

And now it starts to make sense as a mold. Or to look like the beginnings of a kick-ass fan.

We've split up for the moment and are each focusing on different parts of the build. For example, Sean is about the cut out the old brake, which was damaged when we tested it at 30mph. The support was too thin and bent under all the power. It seems Sean thinks the best way to beef it up is to look like an over-protected nerd. HAHA! nice face-guard, loser! What could you possibly need that much protection for?

Oh.. yeah, that'll do it.

Christine has bondo-filled a lot of the large imperfections in body surface and is ready to start sanding. Look at that go-getter stance. I bet she'll be done by lunch with time to spare!

Well, she'll probably be done by dinnertime at least.

Ok. Maybe breakfast is a better goal. Delicious breakfast.

While Christine gets hungry, our extra team member, Guy, does his usual badass thing... Ok, so he's not on our team, but TechShop is pretty awesome, isn't it?

After a hearty breakfast, it's time to fill out the fender mold too.

Then sand and coat it.

Glass it.

Let it cure overnight.

Then, when it least expects it, rip its guts out.

The mold release and latex primer make this a much easier job.

Brand new fenders, comin' up!

We cut holes in the body to fit the fender and see how they rest relative to the wheels. We'd naturally done a lot of test measuring before cutting.

I'm just testing out the rock before we attach the fenders. It seems to be working.

Get all the pieces lined up and squared off.


Aww yeah.

Andrew cuts out the mouth shape because we don't need that buck-toothed piece in the front for support anymore.

But once the bus took on its final shape, it came to life.

And devoured its first victim. Poor Luke.

So we slayed the beast to save him.

Then we went back to more sanding because paint is coming soon.

To paint, we had to build our own spray room. Tech shop has a powder coating room, but it we didn't want to monopolize it and it wasn't big enough for us to comfortably spray in every direction anyway.

Pro lighting.

Some sort of voodoo is going on behind those curtains.

And the bus comes out primed.

Then we paint the whole body a base coat of black and mask off the windows.

Followed by a metallic coat of blood red.

Pulling back the masking reveals the windows.

While that was happening, we dyed our front tires, because we were tired of them being gray.

Christine works on our vinyl stencils. She's really meticulous. So is the computer that cut the shapes for her.

With the stencils on transfer paper, they are ready to be put on the bus...

...which let us achieve this sick paint job (along with an automotive clear coat)

After the paint dries, we pack it up for transport. We still have more work to do: the bus needs all its chrome parts and cosmetic engine attached. Chrome will be the next post. It will be soon, I promise.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Rime of the Ancient Mariner

We have received numerous complaints about the cat videos featured on this blog, and how un-metal they are. I conceed, and I hope you find this Bearsharktopus more to your liking.

We've primed the bus, and paint goes on like blood today. Yessssssss.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Eyes of a Stranger

Hey now. What have we here?

Ooooooh. This is nice...


So the good folks over at G4TV have (in their infinite trust in humanity's goodness, no doubt) shipped us an HD video camera to record some of our behind the scenes rocking, which they will then air on Attack of the Show!! Holy crap!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Am I Evil?

Man. Working with fiberglass sucks ass. How about a stupid cat break?

and my personal favorite...

This weekend we'll have some excellence for your consumption.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Running with the Devil

Hey rockers! We have less than two weeks until race day (yikes!). With the nonstop work on the bike and Christine being on the lamb, we haven't been able to share with you as much as we'd like. Until we get some awesome pictures posted, to satisfy your thirst for more Tour of Destruction, why not build your own!? It's pretty simple, you just need 4 things:

Something with wheels. A wagon works, but bonus points if your wheels are mixed sizes).

Some kind of shell for the body. I recommend something less itchy than fiberglass.

The body's gotta have flames. Otherwise, why even bother? You guys know how to color, right?

If you try riding it, please wear a helmet and don't hurt yourself. If you find (or make) a helmet this awesome, and you don't share it, the rock gods will surely punish you.

Send us your creations! You could upload a fan photo on the facebook page or post a link in the comments!

Stay brutal.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

War Ensemble

Oh man! The folks over at Kotaku have uncovered our secret bunker! They had a short post on the site over the weekend about our work on the Tour Bus. Sweet!

We've also attracted some loyal, hardcore fans to our Facebook group "Tour of Destruction". There we'll have more regular photo dumps, videos, and updates going on, so if you can't bear to wait for our blog posts and you are a member of the book of faces, that will keep you sated. Temporarily.

But now, back to the important stuff.

While we were letting the primer dry on the mold for the body, we headed to a nearby park to put the Bus through its paces.

How fast does it go? Here's Sean showin' us how it's done.

The CNC mill we used to carve out the body is also great for some smaller more defined shapes (which we'll see more of later), but there's a lot of sanding involved. The Tour of Destruction just wouldn't be complete without its signature pipes, which need to be smooooooooth.

Like the body, the exhaust pipes need numerous coats of primer over the foam before we can lay down the fiberglass. The polyester resin that we are going to use for the fiberglass body will erode the polystyrene foam, so we need a thick protective layer. Remember, when you are dealing with the pink, always protect your junk.. or you junk might melt off.

We then put on our science suits and get ready to work with some noxious, nasty ass chemicals n'shit. Fiber glass is not for the feint of heart, and it requires a good amount of manly toughness to get it right. Of which we have plenty.

First we cut out sheets of it to lay over the surface of the bus. The fiber glass is literally sheets of long threads or fibers of glass - it's itchy shit.

But we look like mad scientists when using it, so who cares? Here we're mixing the resin and its catalyst together.

We've got about 15 minutes before the resin hardens to the point that we can't work it into the fibers anymore, so we lay the glass on quickly.

Dab, dab, dad-dabbity dab, scrub, scrub dab. We need to work the fabric a lot to mash out the bubbles and seams that occur.

For our last fiber glass layer, we dye the resin red. We thought maybe this will help as a base coat. We were wrong; it's all getting sanded off anyway.

Here we find Sean removing the body from the mold with the care and precision of a surgeon.

Lots and lots of sanding - we've got to get this guy smooth. Like butter.

The bus is finally starting to come together, but we can't relax yet! Now that we have the final shell for the body, we need to start adding some of the finer details to this rockin' bod.